Christopher D. Bredt

Senior Counsel

Toronto
[email protected]
416.367.6165

Chris is a senior litigation partner. He acts for clients in issues relating to:

  • commercial disputes
  • shareholder, oppression and other corporate disputes
  • corporate restructuring
  • directors' and officers' duties and liabilities
  • class actions
  • anti-piracy actions
  • public law, including constitutional, administrative and First Nations

Chris has appeared as counsel before all levels of the courts in Ontario, and before the Federal Court of Appeal, British Columbia Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Canada, and numerous administrative tribunals, including the Ontario Securities Commission.

Chris joined BLG in 1984, and became a partner 1988; he was seconded to the Government of Ontario from 1989-93, where he served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Office of Federal Provincial Relations and as Assistant Deputy Minister, Constitutional Policy and Special Counsel.

Prior to joining BLG, Chris was law clerk to Mr. Justice McIntyre of the Supreme Court of Canada from 1979-80, and was a stagiaire with the Conseil d'État (Council of State) in Paris, France, in 1983.

Chris is bilingual. He has served as an elected Bencher of the Law Society of Ontario from 2008-2019, where he chaired the Audit & Finance Committee, and served as vice-chair of the appeal panel of the Law Society Tribunal.

He is the chair of BLG's Public Law Group.

Chris provides legal services through a Law Corporation.

Testimonials

Experience

  • George Weston Limited, Loblaw Companies Limited, Loblaws Inc., Joe Fresh Apparel Canada Inc. – A precedent-setting matter in supply chain liability, Chris led the defense for the retailers against a proposed multi-billion dollar class action over the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The plaintiffs sought damages for the survivors and the estates and dependents of those killed in the building collapse. The action was dismissed in its entirety in a rare pre-certification dismissal, and BLG obtained a $1.3 million cost award for the client.
  • R. v. Comeau – Acted as counsel to two interveners on the appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC), the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses. The case challenged the constitutionality of trade barriers between provinces, after a New Brunswick resident was charged by police for bringing liquor from Québec across the border. The SCC modified the historical legal test for when a provincial law impermissibly restrains trade from one that narrowly prohibited provincial governments from levying tariffs and duties to a more purposive approach against laws who essence and purpose is to limit trade among the provinces.
  • Weyerhaeuser Company Limited – Important case regarding indemnity and who can be required to pay for costly environmental remediation, which will affect when provincial government contracts are legally enforceable. When the Province of Ontario ordered all previous owners of a property contaminated with mercury to pay for the remediation of the site, Chris argued for Weyerhaeuser that it had indemnity, which had been granted to a previous property owner. The Superior Court of Justice agreed and awarded costs, but the Court of Appeal partially reversed and deferred back to the lower court. The matter is now on appeal.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Elected Bencher, Law Society of Ontario, 2008-2019; Co-Chair, Audit and Finance Committee; Vice-Chair, Appeal Panel; Member, Priority and Planning Committee
  • Trustee, Law Commission of Ontario, 2008-2014; Chair, Governance Committee
  • Member, Ontario Judicial Council, 2016-present
  • Past Chair, Ontario Bar Association, Constitutional and Civil Liberties, and Administrative Law Sections
  • Adjunct Professor, Freedom of Expression and the Media, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1990-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Advanced Administrative Law, University of Toronto, 1984-1990
  • Member, The Advocates' Society, Canadian Bar Association and American Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Past Chair, Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE) – a charity focused on women's and children's literary in Africa; Past Chair, Governance Committee
  • Member, McMichael Canadian Art Collection Foundation, 2016-present

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recipient of a Law Society Medal at the 2022 Law Society of Ontario Awards 
  • Recognized in the 2022 edition (and since 2006) of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Administrative and Public Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation).
  • Recognized in the 2022 edition (and since 2016) of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Litigation: General Commercial - Ontario), and the 2022 edition (Litigation: Administrative & Public Law - Ontario).
  • Recognized in the 2022 edition (and since 2013) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Indigenous Law, Litigation: Corporate Commercial, Litigation: Regulatory & Public Law, Professional Liability).
  • Recognized in the 2021 edition (and since 2020) of Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of Lexpert Special Edition: Energy
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2013) of The Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Commercial Litigation).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2013) of The Lexpert®/Report on Business Special Edition – Litigation.
  • Recognized in the 2021 edition (and since 2015) of Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Local Litigation Star: Ontario" and a "Litigation Star: Class Actions, Commercial, Professional Liability and Securities."
  • Recognized as a 2019 Acritas Star (and since 2017).

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 1984
  • DSU, Universite de Paris II, 1983
  • LLM, Yale University, 1981
  • LLB (with Distinction), Western University, 1979
  • BA, Economics, Western University, 1979